Bioethanol fireplaces and wood fireplaces are different in many ways, but they have one goal in common: atmosphere. The wood-burning fireplace is restrictive and has drawbacks. To have such a fireplace, you should definitely have the space at home, which is often a problem in an apartment; a flue must be laid and a chimney installed, a very expensive and time-consuming step. A bioethanol fireplace can be easily installed, freestanding or even built-in, the options are much greater because this type of fireplace is not tied to a flue.
On the design side, an ethanol fireplace can appeal to a very large group of people due to its variations in sizes, colors and materials. The possibility to place this fireplace in an apartment, or a house where a flue is not possible. With a traditional fireplace you are always tied to one fixed place, the ethanol fireplace can be placed anywhere as desired.
The maintenance of an ethanol fireplace is minimal. The lack of a chimney saves sweeping at least once a year, a saving of easily € 100.00. Moreover, bioethanol does not produce smoke or ash when burned, so everything stays cleaner indoors because there is no residue (fine dust). In addition, we also save a storage space for wood.
Also when comparing the price of the two types of fireplaces, the difference is huge! A bio-ethanol fireplace is much cheaper to purchase. Installing a chimney can easily cost a few thousand Euros, much more than a complete bioethanol fireplace. A high price for a fireplace with fewer options. A bio-ethanol fireplace is therefore more affordable and accessible.
In terms of heat output, the wood-burning fireplace still beats the bio-ethanol fireplace. A wood-burning fireplace can be used as main heating, a bio-ethanol fireplace can only be used as additional heating.
It is good to weigh up all the pros and cons and to compare the two types of fireplaces to know what the best alternative is, but also to realize that the bioethanol fireplace has many more advantages than disadvantages in unlike traditional wood-burning stoves.
The hardest part is yet to be made: the choice.